The civil unrest we're experiencing right now is undoubtedly exacerbated by our current conditions under the COVID-19 pandemic. We're stuck in our homes, glued to our screens, and we're all suddenly ...
Annette T., Hyde Park Jun 2, 2020, 1:40PM
My Poem About the Current Normal: STROLLING IN PLACE & ZOOMING IN SPACE I want to smile---real close At someone I know I want to hug someone (even a stranger) I want to kiss the forehead of ...
Mary Lynn Cramer May 30, 2020, 10:24PM
I actually sort of hate that term... the "new normal". Like many people, I want some of the "old normal" to be what comes back, not this period of anxiety, distance, and isolation. But, I also fully ...
Katherine from Needham May 29, 2020, 12:14PM
In 1798, founder of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) Jeremy Belknap realized that the momentous happenings of his lifetime would be tomorrow’s history. He sat down and wrote to Paul Revere and asked him to recount the night of his famous ride. Revere’s response is how we know what happened.
Now it is your turn. Years from now historians will research the impact of the COVID-19 virus in Massachusetts and across the country. In order to have first-person accounts of daily life during this extraordinary time, the MHS invites you to contribute your experience(s) to our collection.
Whichever way you choose, your account will become part of the Society’s collection and, more importantly, a piece of the historical record that future historians will need to tell the story of these turbulent days.
As a teacher/educator, you can submit these contributions in two ways.
See below for examples from the MHS's collection of the ways people documented their daily lives. Follow them through momentous occasions, disasters, and everyday occurrences.
This collection consists of diaries kept by portrait painter Sarah G. Putnam from the age of 9 until near her death at the age of 61. The diaries document her career as a portrait painter and her extensive travels.
This collection consists of 30 diaries of farmer and conservationist William P. Wharton, kept primarily at his farm (Fiveoaks Farm) in Groton, Mass. This particular page (vol. 29) outlines Wharton's experiences during the Great New England Hurricane of 1938.
Need help? please email collections staff.